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post #1 of 19 Old Mar 3rd, 2015, 11:00 am Thread Starter
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Just thought I'd ask if there are any Freemasons out there on RT's.

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post #2 of 19 Old Mar 3rd, 2015, 12:40 pm
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What?
Isn't that the equivalent of asking if there are any Christians, or Muslims or Buddhists?
It isn't the place for this stuff.
This forum is about Motorcycling and so can we keep it focused there.
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Re: Freemasons?

Sorry, Bandy, I disagree.

This forum is a place for people to gather and discuss RTs and a wide range of RT-related topics. I dunno about the UK, but there are Freemason motorcycle clubs here (many of them ride in parades, doing simple stunts), so it's certainly within the bounds of RT interest to ask if anyone else here is in their fraternity.

Likewise, I'm permitted to talk about RT-related motorcop stuff, even though this isn't a law-enforcement forum, and there can be discussions about RT paint colors without this having to be a chemistry or art forum.

If you have a problem with that, you aren't REQUIRED to read or participate in any discussion which doesn't interest you.
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Re: Freemasons?

I have to agree with Solo6, nothing wrong with trying to hooking up with riders with similar backgrounds or interests. Its done all the time on many different levels.
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post #5 of 19 Old Mar 3rd, 2015, 2:07 pm Thread Starter
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Actually Brandy, Freemasonry isn't a religion it's a fraternity so no, it's not equivalent. The reason that I asked is that it is an organization that encourages traveling (hence the term "traveling man") and interaction with other members of the group world wide. I am planning a cross country trip in August and hoped to get a response from some brother masons along the way (see Trip Planning in this forum). There are those that have skewed views of the Freemasonry and still look at the organization as some sort of secret cult. I assure you, although we may have a secret handshake or two we are primarily a charitable organization. The Shriners (yup they are Masons) and their hospitals are a good example.
Come to think of it George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Warren were prominent Masons.......you're not still pissed about the revolution thing, are you
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A previous owner had left a Freemason medallion on the back of my LT's saddlebag and I am reluctant to try to remove it, as I am afraid of damaging the paint. I had a Freemason come up to greet me when I parked for lunch in Santa Maria last year - nice guy, and peaked my interest in the organization, but I'm too busy doing other things to get involved in another organization at this point.

I agree with Solo6, if you're not interested in a topic, you don't need read it. Although I don't own an RT, I find many RT topics interesting anyway - kind of like how I ended up on this thread....

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Could use a mason to do free work on our church building.

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I'll be the first to bite.
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A Freemason? I have as much chance of becoming one as I am buying another BMW.

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Well, let me come in on a positive note, ok?
I'm not a Shriner nor a Freemason. I wish I was, it probably would have improved my life.
I remember the Shriners coming to town when I was a kid.
And certainly I have had good experience with not only Masons, and riding with some of them, but also Elks, BPOE, Moose, and maybe 50 or more other benevolent, charitable and sociable people from those groups.
So I'll be happy to ride with the Masons anytime. Just invite me.
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entered, passed and raised..........how's things?........
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What?
Isn't that the equivalent of asking if there are any Christians, or Muslims or Buddhists?
It isn't the place for this stuff.
This forum is about Motorcycling and so can we keep it focused there.
Whilst I don't belong to any religion, masons, or similar club/organisation, I would vehemently defend the right of people to publish their requests and look for like-minded people in this or any appropriate forum. I will just exercise my choice not to join them; we would have nothing in common.
For example, a friend belongs to the threepercenters motorcycle club which is aimed at recovering alcoholocs or drug takers. I imagine they might get a mention on such a [UK] forum as this whereas AA is nothing to do with motorcycling per se.
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Ah, you see, now I am ok with the subject under 'chitchat', but not on the forum where you originally posted - which is about the RT series of bikes.
Thanks to admin for relocating this.
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PM Eastgate 452.

For those unfamiliar, the biggest secret about Freemasonry is that there is NO secret. There are many books you can purchase that show everything we do. Check out this:

http://www.globalgrey.co.uk/duncans-...l-and-monitor/

It is a group of really great people doing charitable work in many ways. You would be surprised to know who is a Mason (you probably have contact with several each day!) , and the broad range of occupations and religions represented in the fraternity. Despite all the crazy videos to the contrary, we are not trying to take over the world, and there is no worship of the devil or other nonsense that is alleged. The only requirement is a belief in God, and that you must ask to become a Mason. The Grand Lodge of England is basically the mother lodge for all others.
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You are absolutely right Bandy! This is where the thread belongs. I'm just always on the RT thread and familiar with it. I apologize if I sounded sarcastic. Apparently it's a personality trait which is not always appreciated, even by my wife......Come to think of it the first two wives didn't appreciate it much either. Anybody see a pattern here
I am currently the Master of Abraham H. Howland Jr. Lodge in New Bedford MA. I just knew that there were a number of brothers out there with motorcycling interests and hoped to blend the two a bit. I am familiar with the Widow's Sons group but have stayed away due to some recent conflict between the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and that particular organization. I do feel that promoting motorcycling within the fraternity is a good thing.
Hope to hear more from some of the brothers out there.

Thanks, Scott
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there is no worship of the devil or other nonsense

If you say so I guess I will believe it.

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Re: Freemasons?

All Shriners are Masons but not all Masons choose to be Shriners. Shriners have been the largest single purchasing group of Harley-Davidson motorcycles save the combined police forces of the USA. Many of the 191 Shriners Centers located throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama have motor units and many have been fortunate enough to receive their parade and escort training from their local police motor corps.

The Shrine motor units comprise not only Harleys but include bikes from all manufacturers both domestic and foreign. When not attending parades and performing escort duties they are riding enthusiasts just like the members of this forum. CaptainB's blog may encourage Masons that are not already members of the forum to join this august group of riders.

And yes I am a long standing member of the Fraternity. PDDGM and PP
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I'm a Past Master (twice) of Pleasant Valley Lodge #531 , Pleasantville, Ohio; also a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite. Attended faithfully - going through all the chairs twice - for many, many years until work took me out of town, as it still does.

Masonry is a fraternity that makes good men better.

My late father-in-law was a PM, PDDGM and KYCH. He embodied Masonry in all his dealings with people and was influential in my joining the fraternity.
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